• Restore our Gaywood River chalk stream to full health and beauty
    We are proud, as local people, to be responsible stewards of this local rare chalk stream, but we need the proper authorities to do their part in giving the community back its healthy and flourishing river full of life again.
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  • Coal Produces More Earthquakes than Fracking, So Lets Talk About Sellafield and the Mine
    UNIQUELY DANGEROUS COAL MINE This deep coal mine is unlike any other coal mine. It is just five miles from the world’s riskiest nuclear waste site. We urge the Planning Inspector to put earthquake risk and expected subsidence clearly front and centre. It is no accident that it was nuclear safety campaigners, Radiation Free Lakeland who first alerted the nonchalant world in 2017 to the dangers posed by this coal mine. CUMBRIAN MUD PATCH ON THE IRISH SEA BED In addition to induced earthquake risks the mine would be directly below Sellafield’s decades of nuclear waste which have been discharged down pipelines into the Irish Sea and are now largely (but not completely) held in the Cumbrian Mud Patch. Adding vicious insult to injury the CEO of the coal mine, Mark Kirkbride, has been appointed to “Deliver” a deep nuclear dump for the UK government and has already provided preliminary costings of £1.7 Billion just to dig the hole. 1000 METRES DEEP Exploratory boreholes (allowed by County Council under “Permitted Development”) for the coal mine extend to 1000 metres, well below the known coal deposits, through geological faults. The ‘exploratory boreholes’ have already accidentally hit a methane gas pocket in the Irish Sea near Sellafield. MAN MADE EARTHQUAKES It is accepted that coal mining is far worse than fracking for causing earthquakes and man-made earthquakes in former coal mining regions including Cumbria have substantially declined since the stopping of deep coal mining. SECRETIVE NEW LICENCE APPLICATIONS The developers West Cumbria Mining have applied for new licence applications. The public and we presume the Planning Inspector are being denied sight of the new plans. We wonder how the planning inquiry can be at all valid without sight of these new licence applications? PLANNING INQUIRY INTO A DECISION THAT THE COUNCIL WILL NOT DEFEND - IS THIS A FIRST? We are also confused about the rationale for the Inquiry given that the Planning Inspector is looking into a decision by Cumbria County Council, a decision that has since been effectively withdrawn i.e. the Council are not defending their approval of the coal mine and have effectively withdrawn approval. PUT EARTHQUAKE AND SUBSIDENCE FRONT AND CENTRE. Please ensure that earthquake risk is put front and centre of this planning inquiry. Coal mining is far worse than fracking for induced seismicity and Sellafield is just five miles away. To not put earthquake and subsidence front and centre would be to allow the Secretary of State to turn a blind eye to arguably the most damning and dangerous aspects of this coal mine. WHO WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY? The environmental impacts of disturbing the radioactive settlement in the Cumbrian Mud Patch by the "expected subsidence" (West Cumbria Mining) cannot be understated. Who would take the responsibility of cleaning-up the Irish Sea the beaches and 10 miles inland in the worst case scenario which would see the resuspension of several decades of radioactive wastes. Who would take responsibility for induced seismicity resulting from this new coal mine? West Cumbria Mining? The County Council? Sellafield? Induced seismicity could include: *liquefaction of the Sellafield site *widening of undetected cracks in the Magnox Swarf Silos on the Sellafield site "Current leak rates are circa 1.5 – 2.5 m3/d. It is desirable to reduce these as much as possible. At present, it is not possible to determine with certainty the precise location of the leak, or indeed the silo or silos (of the 6) that is leaking." * loss of coolant for high level wastes could impact the whole of Europe. *localised flooding exacerbating corrosion of existing and planned nuclear storage sites at Drigg and the Port of Workington. Anthropomorphic Earthquakes in the UK https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283186824_Anthropogenic_earthquakes_in_the_UK_A_national_baseline_prior_to_shale_exploitation Sellafield's Magnox Swarf Silos' Leaking https://www.gamechangers.technology/challenge/Leak_prevention_or_minimisation Sellafield Radioactive Discharge on the Irish Sea Bed directly beneath the coal mine plan and question of 'Who is Responsible for Safety of the Discharged Nuclear Wastes?' is subject to complaint being dealt with by the Information Commissioner https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/responsibility_for_discharged_ra Coal Authority Licences https://keepcumbriancoalinthehole.wordpress.com/2021/01/18/do-not-rubber-stamp-new-coal-authority-licenses-for-cumbria/ 6th Climate Budget https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/sixth-carbon-budget/ note the Climate Change Committee is appointed by BEIS who have also appointed the Coal Boss, Mark Kirkbride to advise Government (CoRWM) on the 'Delivery of a Geological Disposal Facility" (or more than one). British Geological Society Lack of Testing in West Cumbria https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/west_cumbria_mining_abstraction#incoming-1625582 Who is Responsible for Radioactive Waste on the Irish Sea Bed – Call from Nuclear Free Local Authorities https://www.nuclearpolicy.info/news/nfla-troubled-uk-communities-minister-not-calling-in-decision-deep-underground-coal-mine-west-cumbria/ https://issuu.com/wildart/docs/west_cumbria_mining_-_radiological_implications_of
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  • Preserve Bourne to Saxby Line
    The Bourne to Saxby line in Lincolnshire was the first complete railway system to be dismantled in the UK making the line and all the structures upon the line historically unique. The line and its railway structures has national significance to the railway history of England, and as such we ask Historic England to list the line and its affiliated structures to protect its historical value, so that future generations can learn, enjoy and experience this part of our English heritage. By signing this petition we will be demonstrating to Historic England how important this line and its affiliated structures are to us.
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  • Rishi Sunak: Fund Green Policies Now
    Devastating and extreme weather is already here. The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is clear that we need to enact net zero policies immediately to prevent further warming of the earth. Further warming will make this extreme weather much worse with accompanying sea level rises and mass species extinction.
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  • Save Our Tree! The 80 year old Weeping Ash in Congleton
    Please join us to protest about the potential felling of the Weeping Ash at Church House, Buglawton, Congleton. This tree is a beautiful and healthy tree which is a real asset to our town.
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  • Help Protect Nature and Halt Climate Change
    Many local councils, including Devon County Council support the CEE Bill and by doing so they are giving MPs the mandate to support this bill in parliament. Signing this petition to West Devon Council is a real way of getting your voice heard. We need to let our Geoffrey Cox MP know that we want him to join the cross party parliamentary support for this bill. The dangers of climate change and loss of natural habitat are happening across the whole world. People are dying and species extinction is accelerating. Governments are not taking enough action. Our Government appointed Committee on Climate Change gave this key message in June 2021 "This defining year for the UK’s climate credentials has been marred by uncertainty and delay to a host of new climate strategies. Those that have emerged have too often missed the mark. With every month of inaction, it is harder for the UK to get on track." The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee stated in June 2021 "Of all G7 countries, the UK has the lowest level of biodiversity left. 15% of our species are now threatened with extinction. It is not too late to change course. Experts say that this downward trend can be reversed, but only through urgent transformative change." The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says it is now “Code Red for Humanity.” and warns that immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are needed to keep alive any hope of keeping to the goal, established in 2015 as a threshold for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
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  • Install big recycling bins in Cartgate Services
    With climate change and sustainability high on the news we should all be doing the best we can to dispose of our rubbish responsibly. Without appropriate bins this makes it impossible in this location.
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    Created by Sarah Smith
  • Reduce the noise from illegally modified motorcycles and mopeds by implementing existing legal means
    Noise pollution is an invisible danger. It cannot be seen, but it is present nonetheless, Noise pollution is considered to be any unwanted or disturbing sound that affects the health and well-being of humans and other organisms. Sound is measured in decibels. There are many sounds in the environment, from rustling leaves (20 to 30 decibels) to a thunderclap (120 decibels) to the wail of a siren (120 to 140 decibels). Sounds that reach 85 decibels or higher can harm a person’s ears. Sound sources that exceed this threshold include familiar things, such as power lawn mowers (90 decibels), underground trains (90 to 115 decibels), and loud rock concerts (110 to 120 decibels). Noise pollution impacts millions of people on a daily basis. The most common health problem it causes is Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Exposure to loud noise can also cause high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep disturbances, and stress. These health problems can affect all age groups, especially children. Many children who live near noisy airports or streets have been found to suffer from stress and other problems, such as impairments in memory, attention level, and reading skill.
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  • Protect Noctorum Field & Preserve Wirral Green Space
    Protecting Noctorum Field as a Local Green Space is just one of the many local acts needed globally to protect the planet. Your support for this petition is an act of climate responsibility. Sustaining, protecting, growing and defending our natural and ancient green spaces requires people to care about the environment and eco-cultures in their localities. And resident and people led movements to protect their local lived environment can support our elected and borough officials to protect the social, environmental values of the biosphere for the well-being people locally and globally.
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  • Save Orient Way Pocket Park
    In the midst of the Climate Emergency, the struggle to mitigate the Covid 19 legacy and the impending Lea Bridge Gas Works scheme, we all , humans and wildlife, need this calm, green oasis more than ever.
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  • Stop Releasing Contaminated Rainwater into the Tamar
    We are in the middle of a climate and ecological crisis which means companies must be polluting less, not polluting more. It endangers not only Plymouth but the surrounding areas [such as Saltash and Torpoint]. It is insidious and the effects could be long-lasting not only on the current generation but on future generations. In November 2008, 280 litres of radioactive liquid poured into the River Tamar after a hose burst. In 2005, refit work was temporarily suspended on HMS Victorious after two radioactive leaks in one week. All in all, at least ten serious nuclear leaks have been reported at Devonport in the last thirty years with 570 litres of radioactive liquid lost overall. Now the MOD wants to add more irradiated rainwater into the River Tamar. We must put a stop to it. Now!
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  • Save the Wild, Wooded & Biodiverse Areas of the Quarry Site Development in North Stamford!
    As local residents who love the outdoors and respect the importance of our rural landscape, we want our local authorities to commit to meaningful and substantial protection of existing wilderness and biodiversity. Once it's gone it won't come back! We certainly do not want tokenistic, uninspiring tamed landscapes commonly found in crammed into housing developments; insultingly labelled as ‘green spaces’ and 'country parks'. As a local resident, my family visits the quarry multiple times a week, as do my local friends. This wild, natural site is a beautiful, unspoiled place for wooded walks, mountain biking, picnics, birdwatching, sunsets, and general outdoors greenery, nature and wellbeing, away from populated areas. It clearly has high biodiversity. We frequently see a variety of butterflies, bees, dragonflies, frogs, and protected wildlife such as bats, newts and a wide range of wild birds. Further development would harm these precious, vital natural systems. We must protect them properly and give them space to thrive. My family, friends, and I are devastated at the prospect of this special place being so unfairly reduced. My daughter is the most confident little track/mountain biker at age 5, because of this perfect oasis on our doorstep. The rough, wild tracks and landscape have allowed her to become a warrior and nature-lover alike. She helps pick litter and cares very much. I seriously doubt she and her friends would have any such deep, meaningful respect for sterile, artificial environments. We have recently adopted a child too, and a huge part of what we could offer as a family when chosen, were the natural surroundings on our doorstep; opportunities to experience wild adventure daily. For us North Stamford residents, the quarry is very accessible, and it is a totally different place to parks and sites like Burghley, which are also wonderful in their own ways! The quarry site offers a wild and untamed landscape which is fantastic for instilling resilience, adventure, and respect for nature in our children. Such a wild landscape plays an important part in our responsibility to repair biodiversity. ‘Development’ and 'growth' should NOT mean paving over precious wild spaces and cramming in housing. It SHOULD mean preserving natural environments and the wholesome enrichment they offer. I am aware local authorities plan for functional, safe and pleasant surroundings. However, my petition goes beyond this. It aims for you to commit to meaningful and substantial protection of existing wilderness; certainly not tokenistic, uninspiring tamed landscapes commonly found in housing developments; insultingly labelled as ‘green spaces’ and 'country parks'. As a practicing Child and Educational Psychologist, I strongly advocate for our children's mental health and resilience flourishing with true nature and physical adventure. Mountain biking, walking, scrambling, bush craft, nature conservation, birdwatching and countryside appreciation are all wonderful things our community can do in these woods and meadows. Such a wild landscape plays an important part in our responsibility to repair biodiversity. ‘Development’ and 'growth' should NOT mean paving over precious wild spaces and cramming in housing. It SHOULD mean preserving natural environments and the wholesome enrichment they offer. We should embrace and protect our rural heart. Join me in taking a stand and having a voice, to protect and embrace our rural heart, landscape and biodiversity!
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